Santa María Huatulco, Oaxaca

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Experience an enchanting day amid mysterious mangroves and luscious lagoons on a full-day eco-tour from Huatulco. Ride on a boat through tranquil mangroves and scan the verdant undergrowth for fearsome crocodiles. Come face-to-face with sea turtles in the National Mexican Turtle Center before reclining on the silken, sandy shores of the popular surfing village Zipolite. Personalized attention from your guide is guaranteed on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 20 people.
  • Full-day Huatulco eco-tour
  • Observe crocodiles in their natural habitat on a boat ride through the mangroves of Ventanilla
  • Visit the National Mexican Turtle Center on the quiet beach of Mazunte
  • Discover the laid-back vibe of Zipolite, known as a hippie village
  • Learn about the area’s natural history from an experienced local guide
  • Round-trip hotel transport included
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 20 people ensures a personal experience
Greet your guide at your Huatulco hotel and enjoy the scenic 1.5-hour minivan journey to the charming seaside village of La Ventanilla. Begin your environmental adventure at the estuary of the Tonameca River, climbing aboard your boat to commence the voyage.
Cruise through the mystical mangroves, awakening your senses to the distinct calls of kingfishers, herons and woodpeckers. Scan the verdant scenery for deer, turtles and iguanas, carefully discerning crocodiles lurking in their natural habitat.
Exit the atmospheric mangroves and return to your mini-van to continue the journey to Mazunte, a picturesque village on the Pacific Coast. Here, the National Mexican Turtle Center harbors seven of the nine turtle species that inhabit Oaxacan waters. Explore the exhibits, admiring the incredible creatures as you learn about scientific research, impending endangerment and conservation efforts.
Visit a local workshop and learn the processes behind natural cosmetics before continuing onto Zipolite, a vibrant and vivacious town that attracts surfers and hippies due to it stunning coastline and tranquil ambience.
Refuel by purchasing lunch in the authentic Mexican eatery of La Finca de Los Vaqueros, savouring the rich flavours of refried beans, tangy salsa and chargrilled meat washed down with a shot of mescal (own expense). Return to the minivan and refresh with complimentary soft drinks and water before your guide returns you to your Huatulco hotel.


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, Dec 2017

Lots of crocodiles in their natural habitat. Very educational. The guides were great and did their best to make sure we all had a good time. Enjoyed the stops that we took to see the coast and different beaches. The open air restaurant had wonderful food. One concern was that one of the beaches was a nude beach and our group had children with us. Might have been a good stop to miss when there are kids. The turtle facility was interesting but not as interesting as the animal refuge.

, Mar 2017

Great trip good guide, very informative, everything was more than expected and on time, take bug repellent although we didn't need it, sun hats or sun umbrella, the driver gave me an umbrella as I'd forgotten my hat.

, Oct 2016

Would not recommend!

According to the tour description, we suppose to visit the National Mexican Turtle Center, cruise through the mystical mangroves, have lunch and visit a local workshop and learn the processes behind natural cosmetics.

Trip should start at 9am and take 7 hours , so we expected to be in our hotel around 4pm. We were leaving next morning, so it was important to us.
First the bus was 45 minutes late and we were the first ones to be picked up! When finally, everyone was picked up from different hotels, we were on our way. It was a long but beautiful ride. We expected to be taken to Turtle Center or to mangroves, but instead out driver / tour guide Jose decided to take us to nude beach. He dropped us off on a sand and told us to walk to the very end of the beach. Before we realized what is going on, he was gone with the bus and we walked good 300 meters close to 1000 feet on hot deep sand. I have lower back and knee problem and walking on a sand is absolutely prohibited by my doctor. Should I know I will be expected to do it, I would never take this tour. It was not a part of tour description! When we finally made it to the end of the beach, Jose kept us there for an hour and distributed business cards of nude hotel.

It was after 12 noon when we finally moved towards the Turtle Center, where we spend more than an hour, even though it was not much to see. By that time, we were hungry and hoped for a lunch stop. After all, we had breakfast at 7 am! But Jose had another plan. He stopped the bus in front of the liquor store. A few people went in to taste liquor, but most of us stayed on a bus hoping we will be on our way. Jose kept us in front of this store for a good hour! It was 3:30 when we finally moved towards mangroves. We thought we will now have lunch, but were told to place an order in a restaurant and walk to the boat for 1.5 hour long tour. We were hungry and very tired. The boat trip was about 10 min. long. The rest of it we were walking grounds. By the time we finally arrived back to the restaurant, it was 5 pm. The food was cold, because it was prepared in advance. We left restaurant after 6pm and ended up in our hotel around 8 pm instead of 4. We never got to the workshop where they make natural cosmetics, something I was looking forward to. Very disappointed!!!

, Apr 2016

Our guide didn't speak English so we missed the whole Mangroves tour. We also were forced to pay the entrance fee again even though it says it was all included. No water or soft drinks were included like it said either. Also found out what the other people paid in Peso's and were astonished at the mark up! Wow.

, Feb 2016

Everything on this tour was entertaining and exciting. Our tour guide Pepe was very knowledgeable about the places we stopped and about the native culture in general. The highlight has to be the mangrove boat ride and seeing the crocodiles up close. I would reccommend this tour to all my friends and others

, May 2015

I like this tour, friendly guide providing good information

, Dec 2014

The tour was top notch!

, Apr 2014

The trip was very nice we enjoyed ourselves at the little zoo and saw the crocs ,we liked the sea turtles and I did enjoy going to the natural cosmetics factory we would definitely rate this very high five stars

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